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No. 21 Drake, behind Hittner’s 23 points, tops Clarke 91-43


December 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Becca Hittner scored 23 points to lead No. 21 Drake past Clarke College 91-43 on Tuesday. Sara Rhine had 22 points, making all 10 of her shots for Drake (8-1). A record crowd of 6,031 at the Knapp Center was on hand for the annual game for elementary and middle school students.

Tina Ubl led Clarke (7-3) with 14 points and Makenna Haase added 12 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. The Bulldogs led 52-22 at halftime and held Clarke to just nine points in the third quarter.
Drake shot 59 percent from the field and made 9 of 18 from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs, who led the country in assists coming into the game, had 29. Maddie Monahan had seven of them.

Iowa State trio earn AVCA All-Midwest Region Honors


December 4th, 2018 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State had three players named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Midwest Region teams, announced on Tuesday. For the third-straight season, Jess Schaben earned All-Midwest Region team honors, while she was joined by senior middle blocker Grace Lazard. Sophomore setter Piper Mauck earned All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention.

Schaben adds to her lengthy awards collection which now includes a trio of AVCA All-Midwest Region Team and All-Big 12 First Team awards. In 2015, Schaben was named the Midwest Freshman of the Year by the AVCA. Schaben has led the Iowa State attack this season with 4.04 kills per set and is second on the team with 2.93 digs per frame. Her 452 total kills this year ranks ninth in ISU history and she is the sixth player in ISU history to post consecutive 300 kill-300 dig seasons.

Lazard got her first career All-Midwest Region Team honor to go with her first career All-Big 12 First Team recognition received last week. The senior from London ranks second on the team with 2.84 kills per set at a team-best .341 hitting percentage, the fourth-best hitting mark in a season in school history. Lazard currently has 126 total blocks for the season, her second-straight season over 100 blocks and third-straight season with at least 90 block

Mauck earned her first career award from the AVCA. The Cyclone setter has recorded 11.04 assists per set on the season, setting Iowa State to .250 hitting as team, the third-highest team hitting percentage in program history. The Des Moines native has seven double-doubles to her name on the season, posting 202 total digs at 1.94 per set. She also contributes 0.62 kills per set at .273 efficiency and 0.62 blocks per set to help the ISU efforts.

Iowa State will be in action in the quarterfinals of the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against North Texas.

Iowa, Cincinnati hoops to play in Chicago in 2019


December 4th, 2018 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s basketball team has signed a contract to play the University of Cincinnati as part of the Chicago Legends next season.

The Hawkeyes and Bearcats will play on a neutral court at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 21, 2019, as part of a four-team men’s college basketball doubleheader. Dayton will face Colorado in the other contest.

“We are excited to return to the United Center and play in front of our tremendous alumni base in Chicago,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “We look forward to playing Cincinnati, who is one of the premiere teams in the country.

“If you look at our schedule in 2019-20, we will play 20 Big Ten games, two Challenge contests (ACC/Gavitt), Iowa State, Cincinnati, and an MTE (multi-team event). It will be a challenge, but that’s what you sign up for when you come to play at The University of Iowa.”

Iowa and Cincinnati have played eight previous times, with the last contest coming in the 2005 NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.

“We are proud to welcome back this impactful basketball event to Chicago,” said Tom Valdiserri, executive vice president of KemperLesnik, a Chicago-based sports marketing, events, public relations and content marketing agency that will produce the event and also manages the Maui Jim Maui Invitational and CBS Sports Classic. “The tradition of basketball in Chicago is second to none. Our goal is to honor the city’s most heralded players while featuring today’s fantastic talent right here at home.”

Each of the 2019 teams has advanced to the NCAA Tournament at least twice in the past four seasons. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in 2019.

Gustafson earns 4th straight Big 10 Player of the Week Honor


December 4th, 2018 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior Megan Gustafson earned her fourth consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week award, the conference office announced Monday.

Gustafson averaged 29.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in a pair of games this week, shooting 77.4 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the free throw line. In an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup against No. 1 Notre Dame, Gustafson netted 26 points on 11-for-16 shooting (68.8 percent). She also registered 10 rebounds to collect her 60th career double-double.

On Sunday, Gustafson scored a season-high 32 points on 13-of-15 shooting (86.6 percent) from the field in just 23 minutes action against Robert Morris. The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. She pulled down 12 rebounds to notch the 61st double-double of her career.

Gustafson is three rebounds shy of tying Iowa’s all-time career rebounding record of 1,067 (Cindy Haugejorde, 1980). She is 23 points away from reaching 2,000 career points.

The conference award is the 14th of Gustafson’s career and fourth of the season. She broke a Big Ten single-season record last season with nine Player of the Week honors. She was also named to the conference’s weekly honor roll six times.


Gustafson and the No. 16/15 Hawkeyes return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday, hosting Iowa State in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. (CT). Tickets are $12 for adults and free for youth (18 & younger) and UI students.

Atlantic boys travel to Red Oak tonight on KJAN


December 4th, 2018 by Chris Parks

Trojan LogoThe Atlantic boys basketball team is off to a 1-1 start after a thrilling home win over St. Albert last Friday night. The Trojans will now go on the road twice this week for Hawkeye Ten Conference match-ups. The first trip is to Red Oak tonight and we’ll have coverage on KJAN.

The Tigers are 0-1 after an opening loss to Lewis Central this past Friday. Carter Bruce led the Tigers with 6 points in that opener. The Tigers were just 2-20 last season and lost top scorer Owen VonDielingen to graduation.

Atlantic has been led by senior Chase Mullenix, who is averaging 21 points per game in the two outings. Tyler Moen is averaging 11 points in the early season.

The Tigers and Trojans will square off at the Red Oak Middle School Gym tonight at 7:30pm. The venue is due to ongoing construction at the Red Oak High School. Our pregame coverage on KJAN will start at approximately 7:15pm. You can catch the game on-air, online, on the web app, and live video through our facebook page.

Nick Ward scores 26, No. 10 Michigan State beats Iowa 90-68


December 4th, 2018 by Chris Parks

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward used his power to gain position and his touch to score, putting together a perfect game from the field.

Ward made all 10 of his shots, scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 90-68 win over No. 18 Iowa on Monday night.

“There’s not a lot I can yell at him about,” coach Tom Izzo said. “He did miss some free throws.”

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Ward, who was 6 of 11 from the line, was simply too much for the Hawkeyes to handle.

“He’s real physical down there and they were getting him on the high-low,” Iowa center Luka Garza said.

That type of offensive attack against a zone may have helped the Spartans when they lost to Syracuse in the second round of the 2018 NCAA tournament.

“We’ve been working on it all season,” Ward said. “Since the Syracuse game, we’ve done that every day.”

The Spartans (7-2, 2-0 Big Ten) trailed for more than six minutes in the first half and were behind by as much as six points before a Ward-led surge gave them a 43-33 lead at halftime.

The Hawkeyes (6-2, 0-2) had no hope for a comeback because they missed 19 of 20 shots to open the second half.

What went wrong?

“Pretty much everything,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman scored a career-high 14 points and had eight rebounds off the bench. Kenny Goins scored a career-high 19, surpassing his combined points from the previous five games, had a career-high seven assists and grabbed 12 rebounds. Joshua Langford added 14 for the Spartans.

Iowa’s Tyler Cook scored 15 points, Isaiah Moss had 13 points and Jordan Bohannon added 11.

The Hawkeyes, who came into the game averaging 82.6 points, made just 33 percent of their shots and allowed the Spartans to connect on 52 percent of their shots.

“We made it really difficult for them inside and out,” Tillman said.

Iowa: Host the rival Cyclones on Thursday night.
Michigan State: Plays at Florida on Saturday.

Iowa State rolls past North Dakota State 81-59


December 4th, 2018 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The thinking when Iowa State suspended sophomore forward Cam Lard until December was that the Cyclones would need to find a way to survive until they got their uber-talented big man back.

Well, December is here — and the Cyclones have improved so quickly that Lard might find minutes hard to come by.

Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 15 with 10 rebounds and Iowa State rolled past North Dakota State 81-59 for its fourth straight win.

Nick Weiler-Babb scored 11 points with eight rebounds for the Cyclones (7-1), who shot 50 percent from the floor.

Lard played just 10 minutes, scoring two points with two blocks, with Jacobson seizing a starting job in the frontcourt behind a brilliant start. Jacobson has posted back-to-back double-doubles, and he’s scored at least 10 points in all eight games.

“I’m not planning on tinkering too much. I like the way we’re playing,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. “On both ends of the floor.”

Iowa State wasn’t pushed in this one.

The Cyclones cruised to a 16-point halftime lead and then opened the second half with a 10-2 run to jump ahead 53-29. Back-to-back buckets by Shayok made it a 67-37 game with just over 12 minutes to go.

Lard and Zoran Talley each returned from seven-game suspensions against the Bison.

Talley — wearing a black mask to protect a broken nose — had four points and two assists, and the pair hooked up on an alley-oop dunk with about 11 minutes left, giving Lard his first points of 2018-19 in emphatic fashion.

“I’ve got to get in game shape. But besides that, I’m just ready to play,” Talley said.

Rocky Kreuser had 13 points to lead the Bison (2-7), who made the score respectable with a late 19-2 run as Prohm experimented with his lineup.

Prohm also said that star Lindell Wigginton and forward Solomon Young will be out at least another week or so but that they could be back against Drake on Dec. 15.

North Dakota State hosts Eastern Washington on Saturday.

Iowa State plays at No. 18 Iowa on Thursday. The Hawkeyes got blown out by No. 10 Michigan State 90-68 on Monday — and star freshman Joe Wieskamp hurt his ankle in the loss. “Go out there, get a Big Ten win, come back home (and) make it a Cyclones state,” Talley said.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 12/4/2018

Podcasts, Sports

December 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.


Area High School Basketball Scores from Monday, 12/3/18


December 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Boys Basketball

Bondurant Farrar 66, Creston 62

Boyer Valley, Dunlap 62, West Monona, Onawa 38

Girls Basketball

AC/GC 64, Grand View Christian 30

West Monona, Onawa 61, Boyer Valley, Dunlap 39

Whiting 56, Boys Town, Neb. 45

Midwest Sports Headlines: 12/4/2018


December 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward made all 10 of his shots, scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 90-68 win over No. 18 Iowa. The Spartans trailed for more than six minutes in the first half and were behind by as much as six before a Ward-led surge gave them a 43-33 lead at halftime. The Hawkeyes had no hope for a comeback because they missed 18 of 19 shots to open the second half.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 15 with 10 rebounds and Iowa State rolled past North Dakota State 81-59 for its fourth straight win. Nick Weiler-Babb scored 11 points with eight rebounds for the Cyclones (7-1), who shot 50 percent from the floor.

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s handling of violence accusations against Kareem Hunt shows the league still reacts heavily based on public perception. The league and Chiefs quickly changed their approach toward the star running back after video was released showing Hunt pushing and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel. The league has tried to shift following its mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case in 2014.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kareem Hunt went unclaimed on NFL waivers three days after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs. The star running back was cut Friday after TMZ released a video showing him pushing and kicking a woman during a February incident at a Cleveland hotel. Police did not charge Hunt with a crime, but the Chiefs released him for being untruthful with them about what happened.

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL took a break from record-breaking offensive explosions and soaring television ratings with a speedbump of bad officiating and bad looks in Week 13. Numerous bad calls affected several games. And the league had to defend itself and its investigation after TMZ released video of Kareem Hunt hitting a woman.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Michigan’s impressive wins against ranked opponents have pushed the Wolverines to No. 5 in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The top four of the poll remained unchanged with Gonzaga at the top, followed by Kansas, Duke and Virginia. The poll also added three new teams in No. 20 Arizona State, No. 24 Nebraska and No. 25 Furman. It is Furman’s first appearance in the AP poll.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs could have been sidetracked by the controversy that engulfed now-departed running back Kareem Hunt. Instead, they seemed galvanized in a 40-33 victory in Oakland that kept them in the race for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. Spencer Ware and a host of others filled in admirably as the Chiefs hardly missed an offensive beat.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens are still fighting to end a three-year playoff drought even though they are riding their longest winning streak of the season. The Ravens hold a one-game lead for the sixth and final postseason spot in the AFC. Baltimore is within a half-game of the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers and rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has emerged as a playmaker. He has led Baltimore to three straight victories since taking over for injured starter Joe Flacco.